Demonstrating the power of fake news to influence uninformed people, just-elected Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire brought up a thoroughly discredited Washington Post story at the Senate confirmation hearing for Former General John Kelly. President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated Kelly to be the nation's next head of the Department of Homeland Security. Hassan brought up the Post's story on a late-December "infrastructure" attack by "a hacking group connected with the Russian government" on a Vermont utility as if it was an established fact — which, of course, it's not.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | January 12, 2017 | 10:45 PM EST
The Big Three networks seemed full of glee Thursday evening as they reported that FBI Director James Comey was being investigated by the Justice Department’s inspector general. “Hoping for a measure of vindication,” announced anchor Lester Holt to kick off NBC Nightly News, “The Hillary Clinton campaign is welcoming the surprise news out of Washington today, that the Justice Department's Inspector General will take a deep look into how the FBI handled the investigation…”
By Curtis Houck | | January 12, 2017 | 9:12 PM EST
In his must-read Politico Magazine column published on Tuesday, National Review editor Rich Lowry doled out some advice for hyperventilating journalists over President-elect Trump blasting their profession (like this week when BuzzFeed News published the salacious dossier).
By Tom Johnson | | January 12, 2017 | 9:01 PM EST
Logic and proportion may be non-factors in media coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency, fears Lloyd Grove. In a Wednesday column, Grove opined that journalism “is in danger of passing through the looking glass, only to land in a menacing, topsy-turvy world, namely the White House Press Room…It’s likely to be [a] place where language will occasionally signify its opposite, and government spokespeople will declare, as Humpty Dumpty famously scolded Alice, ‘When I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’” The key to this process, indicated Grove, is the use of the term “fake news” as the “Trump administration’s rightwing-populist bludgeon to delegitimize the purveyors of real news.” Among Grove's expert witnesses: Dan Rather.
By Veronica Lark | | January 12, 2017 | 5:22 PM EST
Following BuzzFeed’s reckless decision on Tuesday to publish an erroneous and salacious document pertaining to President-elect Trump, a diverse array of conservative leaders (including Media Research Center President and Founder Brent Bozell) offered their reactions to this damaging publication of fake news.
By Matthew Balan | | January 12, 2017 | 5:13 PM EST
CNN's Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter blasted Donald Trump on Thursday's New Day over the President-Elect's treatment of the media at his Wednesday press conference. Acosta, who got in a face-off with Trump, expressed his "hope...that Donald Trump can get past this...'Clinton News Network, CNN sucks' mentality that we saw out on the campaign trail." Stelter bewailed how "the environment right now is so far from normal."
By Sarah Stites | | January 12, 2017 | 5:13 PM EST
What do singer Jackie Evancho, tech executive Peter Thiel and former Olympian Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner have in common? All are under fire from critics, who say that those connected with the LGBT community cannot associate with President-elect Donald Trump.
By NB Staff | | January 12, 2017 | 4:42 PM EST
NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham appeared on the Fox Business program Risk & Reward on Wednesday night to discuss the “news” judgment of the liberal website BuzzFeed and how CNN presented their scoop, with a degree of separation. “I think we have a so-called news outlet in BuzzFeed, which is showing a complete recklessness in what it presents. It really a National Enquirer level of shamelessness,” Graham said.
By Scott Whitlock | | January 12, 2017 | 4:40 PM EST
The journalists at Nightline could barely contain their contempt for Donald Trump at Wednesday’s press conference, mocking it at a “hyperbolic,” “circus”-like atmosphere. Without providing a lot of context about the unverified claims made by BuzzFeed and repeated by CNN, Jon Karl worried, “Unbelievable. I mean, to see a President-elect of the United States call out a news consideration.”
By Jorge Bonilla | | January 12, 2017 | 4:13 PM EST
Unprecedented times bear unprecedented conflict, and the fog of conflict is often rife with rumor, speculation, and fake news. Such is the case in the denouement of Trump v. Univision, and it is important to unpack this story and separate the wheat from the chaff.
By Kyle Drennen | | January 12, 2017 | 3:54 PM EST
On January 14, NBC’s Today show will mark its 65th anniversary on the air. Over the decades, hosts and correspondents on the morning program have routinely spouted liberal talking points on a wide range of issues, boosted Democrats, and lambasted Republicans. Despite the cavalcade of co-hosts – from Bryant Gumbel to Matt Lauer, Katie Couric to Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry to Savannah Guthrie – the left-wing bias has remained constant. Here are some of the most obnoxious Today quotes over the years:
By Sam Dorman | | January 12, 2017 | 3:52 PM EST
Broadcast networks slammed Trump’s plan to prevent his businesses from being conflicts of interest during his presidency, and provided scant balance to defend him. During his first press conference on Jan. 11, President-elect Donald Trump introduced his lawyer who explained Trump’s multi-pronged approach to prevent conflicts of interest. Trump’s plan included giving control of his businesses through a trust to his sons, hiring an ethics adviser to review business deals and barring any Trump Organization deals with foreign entities.
By Kristine Marsh | | January 12, 2017 | 3:50 PM EST
On Thursday’s The View, the hosts spouted off on Wednesday’s press conference where Donald Trump refused to call on CNN reporter Jim Acosta, calling his news organization “fake news.” The conflict came over CNN repeating an unsubstantiated report from BuzzFeed, which claimed that Russia had “compromising information” on Trump. Though many in the media denounced the report, many still shared it. The panel on ABC’s The View thought it was perfectly acceptable for CNN to share this story and rejected Trump calling the story and CNN “fake news.”
By Katie Yoder | | January 12, 2017 | 2:16 PM EST
One Hollywood actor is reducing babies to price tags amidst the push to defund Planned Parenthood.
By Clay Waters | | January 12, 2017 | 2:10 PM EST
When Donald Trump mentioned Nazi Germany in reference to a lurid document floating around U.S. intelligence agencies, the New York Times was shocked and appalled -- and deeply hypocritical, given the eagerness of the paper's reporters, editors, and columnists to make those same comparisons against Donald Trump.